The International Steam Pages

FFF&B Ploughing Match and Country Show (29th September, 2018)

This is one of a series of pages which I have uploaded to illustrate facets of steam rallies we have attended in the UK. Such events occur all over the country in the summer months, they are easily found by using your favourite search engine and may have anything between a handful of steam engines and hundreds (as at the Great Dorset Steam Fair which could probably be fairly described as having an excess of riches). Click here for the overall index.

The FFF&B event is unusual in that it rotates its location, this year it visited Clanfield between Burford and Faringdon  We had been to the 2015 event at Kelmscott and it had featured a strong steam working area including two pairs of ploughing engines. Unfortunately the organisers had allocated insufficient space for the ploughing and had arranged all four engines facing north and positioned the other working engines in such a way as to make photography extremely challenging. Sadly, I have to say exactly the same happened again despite the change in location, it was more than a little frustrating, especially as the ploughers had to take an early lunch to avoid running out of land and after another half an hour they had to stop.

From which, if you guessed that I did not enjoy my day out, you would be wrong. For a start, there were now 16 steam engines present, which would qualify it as a small steam rally in my book but none was 'not seen before' and I was due a relaxing day. I got a few nice pictures, enjoyed the other attractions like the horses, Morris dancing and entertainers, not to mention a beer tent stacked with local brews and Yuehong enjoyed her day too. A steam parade in the main ring was a concession to the few gricers present although there was more than a sprinkling of others watching.

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Steam Engines

Working 'Steam'

David Collidge's Steam Scenes website ( is a fount of information and was a great help in compiling these pages.

Rob and Yuehong  Dickinson